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Career Pathways

Kenan Institute for the Arts

Career Pathways

Broadening opportunities for sustainable careers in the arts.

Artists face many barriers to establishing and sustaining their creative careers. The Kenan Institute focuses research and resources on understanding diverse career pathways in the arts, strengthening our professional development partnerships and sharing innovative strategies with the UNC School of the Arts and the field. 

The professional opportunities listed below are part of the Kenan Institute’s Career Pathways initiative in partnership with the UNCSA Office of Career Development. The Fellowships with the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Education, and Penland School of Crafts are made possible by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.  

FELLOWSHIP & INTERNSHIP Recipients 2016-17

Kenan Fellowships at Kennedy Center

Up to five William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowships at the Kennedy Center are awarded each year to graduates and current students of UNC School of the Arts Schools of Drama and Design & Production. Kenan Fellows are placed on projects with theater companies in Washington, D.C., Louisville, Cincinnati, or Portland and receive a wide variety of experiences bridging their academic training with the professional theater community.

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Kenan Fellowships at Lincoln Center Education

Six candidates from the UNCSA Schools of Dance, Drama and Music are selected each year for a William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education (formerly Lincoln Center Institute). The Fellowship provides emerging artists with knowledge of aesthetic education that will prepare them for work as artists in the field of arts and education.

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Kenan Portable Internship

The Kenan Portable Internship is a Career Pathways program of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the UNCSA Office of Career Development and Community Engagement that allows rising seniors, graduate students and recent alumni to design a creative, 6- to 10-week-long summer internship with arts organizations or professionals within the United States.

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Kenan Internship at Spoleto Festival USA

Internships are provided to emerging artists from the UNC School of the Arts to provide practical knowledge and experience as professional artists embarking on careers in design and production.

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Kenan Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts

William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowships at Penland School of Crafts are awarded to recent alumni of UNCSA's Visual Arts High School Program. This program brings a Penland visiting artist to UNCSA each year for a lecture and workshop, and provides emerging artists with opportunities to attend intensive summer workshops and studio classes at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC.

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Kenan Directing Fellowship at ACT

The Kenan Directing Fellowship at ACT -- A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle -- provides practical knowledge and experience to recent graduates of the School of Drama at the UNC School of the Arts who are embarking on a career in regional theatre.

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